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Letterz; Clean-up At Memorial Field

Back in 1921 Manhasset got its first memorial to recognize the sacrifices of its residents who served and fought in what was then known at the Great War. It is located on Memorial Field where the annual Memorial Day parade ends and the ceremonies to honor Manhasset’s veterans take place. In recent years the memorial, the adjacent flagpole, and the immediate surrounding area have been in need of a clean-up and refurbishment. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Manhasset Park District, which once owned the field, and the Manhasset Public School District, which owns it now, that work is well under way.

Last week the stumps of old plantings were cleared and the flagpole and surrounding railings were repainted by employees of the park district. The school district plans to add appropriate plantings and mulch in the area around the memorial stone and plaque. All work should be completed in a week or so. This has been accomplished very quickly at modest cost through a few emails, a brief meeting, and the close cooperation of two local public entities.  It’s a model of how Manhasset’s residents and organizations can work can work together for the betterment of the community.

Congratulations and thanks go to Commissioners Mark Sauvigne, John Regan, and David Paterson of the Manhasset Park District, to Superintendent Charles Cardillo, Director of Facilities Armand Markarian, and Head Groundsman Joe Monda of the school district, and to the employees of both districts who have performed and are continuing to perform the necessary work.

Jim Pelzer

Norgate Civic Association